Americans, what is the difference between a "drink" and a "beverage"? I don't understand why you invented a second, longer word for the same thing

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Drink could imply something is alcoholic.

"I need a Drink"

It's infrequent (in my ear) to ever hear someone say beverage.
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@splitshockvirus Think it might be regional too. Also, in some of these cases, the US ends up using the old-timey English word for something while the UK now uses something else

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Beverage is more of a literary term, than one that is used in casual US English. It "sounds" more formal than drink.

@splitshockvirus I did some googling and it turns out "beverage" is derived from French, whereas "drink" is from Anglo-Saxon. Why I associate "beverage" with the US, I dunno, but maybe I just hear it used more often here.
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